Reclamation Ranch

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Reclamation Ranch is a behavior modification facility developed on the basic of the Roloff homes.

The founder - Dr. Jack Patterson - worked at the Lighthouse for Boys runned by Lester Roloff before founding the facility in 1990. The founders lives around the campuses since his divorce [1][2]

It was located near Hammond in Indiana before moving the mens ranch and the main office to Othello, Washington.

The ranch for boys is according to the webpage located near Empire in Alabama, but one of the photos on their webpage speaks of Sweetwater in Tennessee [3]

The facility is for boys only but the founders also run a facility for girls only nearby called Rachel Academy.

Program structure

The program last a year according to website.

Education

The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow [4]. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.

News

November 2008 11 boys was removed from the ranch in relationship with claims of child abuse [5] [6]. Christian fundamentalists began a protest against the authorities. The investigation did oddly enough not include the girls program.

According to court records the investigators found both handcuffs and shackles [7].

The facility changed the target group so only adults could live there. The trial took place early 2010 but due to a plea bargain where Jack Patterson was sentenced for verbal harassement and received a fine of 500 dollars [8]. The charge was originally aggravated child abuse [9]

External Links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards

References

  1. About Dr. Jack Patterson
  2. Where Is Jack?, a tread on The Fighting Fundamental Forums.
  3. The facility on Google maps
  4. Accelerated Christian Education
  5. 11 boys removed at faith-based Reclamation Ranch, Beating, torture allegations probed, by KENT FAULK, Birmingham News, november 25 2008
  6. Update: 11 boys returned to families as abuse investigation continues, Posted by Tom Gordon --- Birmingham News November 25, 2008
  7. Investigators probing boys ranch abuse claims find shackles, by Jon Paepcke, NBC 13, november 25 2008
  8. Rep. Miller (CA) bill would curtail Christian school abuse, Akopsa blog entry, March 9, 2010
  9. Christian Boarding School Head Accused Of Violence, by Angel Carpenter, WYCB Spirit 1340 AM, february 25, 2010